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Onycholysis

Postby Ldyalb » Sat Mar 24, 2012 10:32 pm

Most of you probably know I'm under investigation atm for suspected Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis. My nails have been pitted for a few months now and the pits are finally getting close to growing out.

But now my fingernails are starting to detach from the nail bed (Onycholysis). Fortunately it's only in my right thumbnail and the first finger of my left hand's nail so far, and they're not massively detached. But it's really saddened me. I'm also starting to get more signs of potential skin Psoriasis too :( I'm going to try and see my GP in the week to learn how to care for my nails, I'm worried about the risk of infection in the gap between the nail bed and the nail.

Usually Onycholysis is caused by Nail or Skin Psoriasis but it can also be caused by Raynauds Phenomenon, Thyroid Disorders, Trauma and fungal infections amongst others. I know a few people on here have Raynauds and Thyroid issues so I was wondering if anyone else has had detached nails?

I've always had nice nails so I'm a bit gutted. So far most of my health problems are invisible aside from the Rosacea and Blepharitis outbreaks. I gave up playing the violin 10 years ago as I didn't want to have to keep my nails short to play it. Sods law, now I have to keep them short to keep them safe! :(
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Re: Onycholysis

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Mar 25, 2012 12:26 am

Have you also gone thru the dx process for ASD and Dyscalculia ??? :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: Onycholysis

Postby Judy S » Sun Mar 25, 2012 9:58 am

Gosh, that must be horrible. I do feel for you. :(

I only know about onycholysis in dogs, when it's usually caused by fungus, or an immune mediated dystrophy called SLO - 'symmetrical lupoid onychodystropy' - and I have no idea if there's an equivalent to SLO in humans. There often are parallels, but not always.

My husband has psoriasis, but he's been lucky so far, because it's only his skin that is really affected ... although he does have Fuchs syndrome too, and Sjogren's. :(
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Re: Onycholysis

Postby Ldyalb » Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:54 am

I was told ASD and Dyscalculia overlap at the time I was diagnosed with Dyspraxia. The vast majority of Dyspraxics have either Dyslexia or Dyscalculia. Sometimes both but I taught myself to read as a Toddler - so no Dyslexia there lol. I just never put it down before, that's all.

I had no idea animals could be effected Judy - that's interesting. And worse for them as they really do need their claws bless them. Luckily it's not too bad at the moment so I'm hoping it won't get much worse.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=Onycho ... 9,r:13,s:0

Mine's more like the image above, and not like the image below which is a more severe case.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=Onycho ... oBg&zoom=1

Just got to :fingerscrossed: that it doesn't get much worse. Hopefully once the pits have grown out it'll stop.
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Re: Onycholysis

Postby Adele » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:15 pm

well blow me. years ago i went to my gp about my nails and had clippings sent off to the lab but those came back clear. from the pics you've put up i 've had a severe case of onycholysis for years. some of my nails are completely distorted as they have been pushed out from the nail bed. my sister is the same and we both suffer from bad psoriasis on our scalps.

i also get psoriasis in small outbreaks elsewhere, at the moment it's on my arms and face. this year i've suffered with very painful burning joints which have kept me awake screaming with pain. the joints have also been very stiff and feel swollen and hot. it got to the point where i had to use a wheelchair indoors as well as out. my gp didn't want to discuss it and told me it was all in my head.

teatree oil helps treat my skin and scalp so i'll start rubbing it in my nails at night.

thanks for the info and pics lydalb :hugs: :blowkiss: :hugs: :flowers: :hugs:
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Re: Onycholysis

Postby Ldyalb » Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:01 am

It's funny - my Dad had the same issue as a child. I showed him my nails and he said he had identical as a boy. His Mum even accused him of trying to pull his nails off. He has bad fungal issues with his toe nails and he uses tea tree oil for those. It stinks to high heaven - eurgh

I will try the tea tree on my own nails. Luckily they're only mildly detaching at the moment and I hope they'll stay that way. But I don't want to get an infection in them so hopefully the tea tree oil can both prevent that, and help the cause of the detatchment too :-) You know I'm fond of my nails to consider putting something that foul smelling on them lol.

Your joints definitely sound like Psoriatic Arthritis could be an issue. I had the same problem, my first GP here was very dismissive. He said my joints were too mobile to be arthritic, despite the fact my Rheumy had written to him and said they needed further investigation. And - I'm hypermobile. Of course my joints are mobile! How many adults can place their foot on their shoulder? :roll: By the time the pits appeared my Counsellor had recommended a different GP to me so I saw him. He straight away saw that it could be P and PA and has referred me to a Rheumy for testing. So many Drs just put things down to Fibro, or other conditions we may have without stopping and thinking - hang on, Fibro doesn't cause inflammation.

Have you got a camera to take pictures? I've been taking regular pics since Jan with date stamps to help me track it. Luckily nice new GP didn't need to see them as he felt a joint which has been perma swollen since Jan and said it's definitely swollen, let's send you to a specialist. The other GP felt the same joint and said 'we'll see how it goes, it's too mobile to be arthritic'. Generally when I've seen the GP the worst of the swelling has gone down so it may help to have backup. But there's only so much you can do with an 'it's all in your head' type of Dr unfortunately :-x

The only other thing I can think of is to go to A+E when your joints are bad - sometimes they will advise you to see a specialist, or they'll send you to one. When I first came down with Fibro I went to A+E as I went from fine on Thursday morning to barely able to walk on Friday evening. They said I needed to see a Rheumatologist if I wasn't better in a few days. It helped me push my reluctant GP as I kept repeating 'the Hospital said I need to see a Rheumatologist'. She referred me. Although she could have just wanted me out of her office ;-) She's the only other person I've ever met who has my first name but she pronounces it wrong so I automatically didn't like her. And she gave me Ibuprofen despite my allergy. And she named her son a common Welsh boys name but mispronounced that too. So all in all, she was a bit of a disaster lol.

Hope you can sort it out :hugs:, I'll let you know if I have any luck with the tea tree - after henna ing my hair yesterday I'll wait until tomorrow. Can only cope with one foul smell on my person at a time :lol:
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